October 18, 2010
If a surgical procedure is in your future, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services would like to make your life a little easier by helping you choose a hospital with a good safety record. Its Hospital Compare website allows you to search hospitals in your area and see whether they do a good job of some seemingly important things, like giving patients antibiotics when they’re supposed to and heading off dangerous blood clots. But don’t put too much stock in the Hospital Compare ratings.
September 2, 2010
Flu season may be a bad time to check into a California hospital--and probably everywhere else in the country as well. In a demonstration of what many experts would call appalling medical ethics, only slightly more than half of healthcare workers in California hospitals received a flu shot last year, despite the dangers that presents for patients. The vaccination rate was less than 25% in 3.3% of the hospitals, according to data compiled by the state health department and obtained by Consumers Union through a Public Records Act request.
January 12, 1986
AIDS is a "time bomb" for the nation's hospitals, threatening to burden them with expensive health care and waves of costly lawsuits, a report by the American Hospital Assn. said. The report predicts two waves of lawsuits against hospitals. The first may be over employment issues, such as the dismissal of workers who develop AIDS or the rights of hospitals to screen blood of workers.
October 23, 2007 |
The shuttered St. Luke Medical Center, a northeast Pasadena landmark, has been sold by the California Institute of Technology to a Beverly Hills developer, the university announced Monday. DS Ventures' plans for the 13.4-acre site on Washington Boulevard at the Altadena border have not been revealed, but some neighbors are pressing for an emergency medical facility to be included. St. Luke opened in 1933 and served generations of Pasadena and Altadena residents before closing in 2002.
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July 12, 2013 |
The incident that led to 22 elementary school students in San Diego being sent to hospitals Thursday with stomach pains began with some fourth-grade tomfoolery, district officials said Friday. Some may not have been sick at all, officials said. A "dare" had circulated among the fourth-graders at Audubon Elementary School before lunch: let's see how much food you can stuff into a drink. Among the things stuffed into drinks: carrots, salt, pepper and hot sauce. After lunch, several students complained of belly aches.
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August 17, 1994 |
The San Fernando City Council has postponed today's public hearing on the controversial merging of two local hospitals. The hearing has been rescheduled for 6 p.m. Sept. 19 at the Council Chambers, 117 Macneil St., San Fernando. The extra time was given to allow officials from Mission Community Hospitals to reply in writing to a City Council complaint about the way San Fernando and Panorama community hospitals were merged to form Mission Community Hospitals earlier this year.
June 2, 2001 |
Four hospitals run by HCA-The Healthcare Co., the biggest U.S. hospital chain, agreed to pay $1.9 million to settle allegations they improperly billed Medicare for operations using experimental cardiac devices, the Justice Department said. The hospitals used devices that hadn't been approved by the Food and Drug Administration when the procedures were done between 1987 and 1994, the department said.
October 13, 2010
Might we see iPads popping up in the hands of hospital staff? Well, it depends. Ottawa Hospital in Canada, is distributing hundreds of iPads to doctors and nurses to view X-ray and MRI images and access other medication information, according to "The electronic health record meets the iPad" posted by IT World Canada. However Dr. Satish Misra, writing earlier this year for iMedical Apps, expressed concerns about the use of iPads in hospitals: Can they be properly disinfected?
March 18, 2007 |
A measure to redirect funds from a federal program that repays hospitals for treating illegal immigrants was pulled last week from an emergency spending bill. The proposal, included in the supplemental spending bill for the Iraq war, had triggered protests from California and other border-state lawmakers, who said their hospitals struggled to cover the unpaid costs.
June 18, 2004 |
Advocate Health Care Network, Fairview Health Systems and Baptist Health Systems Inc. are among the nonprofit, tax-exempt hospitals in eight states being sued for allegedly overcharging uninsured patients. The suits seek damages on behalf of all uninsured people who were allegedly charged more than insured patients for nonprofit hospital medical care, according to 13 federal suits filed in eight states. The American Hospital Assn.